Cryptopsy - Blasphemy Made Flesh review



Reviewer:
9.0

137 users:
8.19
Band: Cryptopsy
Album: Blasphemy Made Flesh
Release date: November 1994


01. Defenestration
02. Abigor
03. Open Face Surgery
04. Serial Messiah
05. Born Headless
06. Swine Of The Cross
07. Gravaged (A Cryptopsy)
08. Memories Of Blood
09. Mutant Christ
10. Pathological Frolic


Let us dig over a decade ago through the pile of bones and rotten flesh in order to find the remains of scattered brain and inhale the vile fumes of an all so punishing violent genre that is brutal death metal. Hidden deep beneath the surface of putrefied human bodies, dry blood and guts we will find a carcass whose lacerations are still gushing out blood, whose heart is still beating at a worrying pace and whose face holds the most sickening of expressions. However, what is most noticeable about this living figure and whatever humanity it might still have, is that in the palm of his left hand, lays a copy of Cryptopsy's debut album Blasphemy Made Flesh. Only now can we comprehend.

The set of dynamics and the perfect realisation of these along with the good song writing is what make Blasphemy Made Flesh such a maddening and bloody good album. Cryptopsy's song writing and performance is of a sickness unmatched by most bands and probably all of the contemporary brutal acts to this day. We all know brutal death metal is an acquired taste and our Canadian fellows here take all the elements that make this genre appealing and leave out all the pointless misconceptions that the genre built up throughout the years. The band's debut is just oozing with evil, brutality and attitude.

Throughout this 10 song assault, the guitarists unleash the macabre and punishing grooves that set the vibe and backbone of the songs. Interspersed with the heavy and compelling groove driven sections are the bits of raw energy having the guitars swirling in tremolo picking fashion bringing out the aggression and madness of the album. The bass is like the red wine and garlic marinade on your 40 ounce medium rare steak. Its twangy sound and virtuoso playing really give an extra kick to the record's feel. The pummelling drums backed by none other than Flo Mounier pounding away with style make this record that much more impressive. And for the hell of it, why not top it off with the growls of Lord Worm. This is an album you can really sink your teeth into and rip a chunk out of.

Blasphemy Made Flesh delivers all the nauseating goods of what this subgenre is most prominently renowned for. It is an album of heights that few others can reach up to in brutal death metal. While most bands of the genre today have the tight execution and the brutality hand in hand, Cryptopsy have the song writing skills and the underlying evil along with that. If some of you are left thinking that the scene is lacking something these days, approach that pile of bones and rotten flesh, dig deep until you find the living corpse and snatch that album from his left palm. By the time you will have listened to the whole 40 minutes of this punishing and commanding record, that body beneath the pile of remains will have been putrefied.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 7
Production: 9

Written by Visioneerie | 27.03.2010


 


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Comments

Comments: 8   Visited by: 98 users
28.03.2010 - 00:49
Uirapuru
Liver Failure
Your reviews are very well written. I also liked the Pelican's and Anata's that were displayed some time ago.

This album has one of my favorite Cryptopsy songs of all time, Serial Messiah, an orgasmic piece of vile music.
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28.03.2010 - 02:05
Visioneerie
Urban Monster
Written by Uirapuru on 28.03.2010 at 00:49

Your reviews are very well written. I also liked the Pelican's and Anata's that were displayed some time ago.

This album has one of my favorite Cryptopsy songs of all time, Serial Messiah, an orgasmic piece of vile music.

Thanks for the heads up man. I enjoy writing these reviews so there will probably be more to come. Serial Messiah is indeed one killer of a song. If I had to pick a favorite (this being really hard), I'd go with Abigor.
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14.05.2010 - 17:03
thewall30
Amazing review! I agree with everything you have to say about this album, amzing album!
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10.06.2010 - 19:46
Malphas
Gr8 review, keep up the good work, old Cryptopsy FTW!
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26.07.2010 - 16:55
@gent_-_orange
Great review for a great album, The first paragraph was priceless
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09.10.2010 - 10:36
Maxx666
Meshuggahian
Undoubtedly one of the Greatest work in death metal... just listen to the bass parts.. they are fucking awesome
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03.01.2012 - 18:33
thewall30
Written by Maxx666 on 09.10.2010 at 10:36

Undoubtedly one of the Greatest work in death metal... just listen to the bass parts.. they are fucking awesome


Right on the bass is drop dead amazing, definetly one of the best albums out there
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02.02.2013 - 00:29
Illog1cal
Account deleted
I would say this album is superior to 'None So Vile', although Phobophile is better than any song on here.
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